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The Risks of Leaving a Dual Diagnosis Untreated

January 30, 2015

Dual diagnosis is when a mood disorder and addiction go hand in hand. One can’t be fixed without also dealing with the other, as the mental illness may have been triggered by the substance abuse, or, conversely, the substance abuse was brought about as a way to self medicate in reaction to the troubling symptoms of the mental illness. Either way, they are closely linked and need special care when treatment is sought. Quick Facts about the Risks of a Dual Diagnosis Statistically, over 50% of people who abuse or are addicted to narcotic substances are also believed to be…

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Family Friday: Dual Diagnosis Treatment- Co-Occurring Addiction & Mental Illness

December 5, 2014

Dual Diagnosis is when addiction and mental illness go hand in hand. Addicts may use substances to ease the symptoms of their mental health disorder, or, alternately, the symptoms themselves may be exacerbated by the addiction.  These mental health problems may include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder among others. If an addict seeks treatment for only their substance abuse problem and not for the underlying mental health problem, a full recovery will be all but impossible. Recovery from dual diagnosis means far more than just removing the substance that the addict abused. They may successfully complete the detoxification process, but…

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Robin Williams: A Conversation About Dual Diagnosis

August 19, 2014

Actor Robin Williams was tragically found dead in his California home Last week, in an apparent suicide. The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had long battled a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and depression, for which he had spent time in recovery. In fact, Williams recently made headlines for proactively returning to treatment to strengthen his recovery. His passing has saddened thousands across the globe, both those who knew him personally and those who knew him only through his films. A Personal History of Dual Diagnosis Williams was known for his range of performances, from the zany Mork in Mork and…

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Dual Diagnosis

June 30, 2014

A dual diagnosis is when a client has been diagnosed with addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. If you have been given a dual diagnosis, it’s important that you take action to receive the right treatment. Your mental health and your odds for a successful recovery depend on it. What is a Dual Diagnosis? A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has also been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Sometimes it’s the mental health disorder that leads to the addiction, because the tendency for substance use is a symptom or because…

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Understanding Dual Diagnosis: What Does it Mean?

May 5, 2014

A dual diagnosis is when a client of substance abuse and addiction is diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. Dual diagnoses are quite common and they are important to understand in order to receive the proper treatment for recovery as well as for mental health. What is a Dual Diagnosis? As defined above, a dual diagnosis is the presence of both substance abuse and addiction and at least one mental health disorder in a client. In some cases, one leads to another. For example, a client may develop a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety…

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Does Dual Diagnosis Mean I’m Doomed?

April 2, 2014

A dual diagnosis does not mean that you are doomed! Receiving a dual diagnosis means you and your rehabilitation center staff are equipped with the knowledge of what your situation is and what needs to be done in order for you to be able to enter a healthier and more stable life of recovery as well as manage the symptoms of your accompany mental health disorder(s). The Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client has been diagnosed with both addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. This combination can be anything from addiction and anxiety to…

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Dual Diagnosis in Hollywood: Which Celebs Suffer From Dual Diagnosis?

March 29, 2014

A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with both addiction and at least one accompanying mental health disorder. This knowledge is important as the success of recovery relies on both the mental health disorder(s) and the addiction being specifically treated at the same time. From the media coverage of celebrities grappling with mental health disorders and addiction, we can take a look at a few celebrities who suffer from dual diagnoses. Dual Diagnosis: Amanda Bynes Actress Amanda Bynes gained fame from her comedic roles on the Nickelodeon television network for children. The actress has recently…

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Do I Have a Dual Diagnosis?

March 2, 2014

What’s a dual diagnosis and how do you know if you have one? First, a dual diagnosis is when an addiction and mental illness co-exist in the same person. There isn’t one fixed type of dual diagnosis, because it can refer to any number of combinations, including anxiety and addiction, depression and addiction, bipolar disorder and addiction, and so on. If you suspect you have a dual diagnosis, don’t panic. You’re not alone, and treatment is available for you. SAMHSA estimates that each year, approximately 4 million Americans over the age of 18 are living with a mental health disorder…

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Do You Know Someone with a Dual Diagnosis? Could It Be You?

February 28, 2014

A dual diagnosis is when a client is diagnosed with both an addiction and at least one accompanying mental disorder such as anxiety or bipolar disorder, for example. Do you know any with a dual diagnosis? Have you been given a dual diagnosis? The Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client with addiction has been also diagnosed with at least one other mental health disorder. At times it’s the mental health disorder such as bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for example that brings on the substance addiction. This is because clients try to self-medicate by the…

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5 Common Dual Diagnosis Combinations

February 2, 2014

A dual diagnosis is when a client is diagnosed with an addiction along with at least one mental health disorder. For example, a client could be diagnosed with alcoholism and depression. Here is an examination of the five most common dual diagnosis combinations as well as treatment options. Dual Diagnosis: Depression and Addiction Depression and addiction is a common combination, as many depressed clients reach out to alcohol or drugs to self-medicate to try to feel better and lift their spirits. On the other side, many clients may develop depression as a result of the stress and feelings of hopelessness…

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